Traveling with your kids is one of the best things a parent can do to teach them about the world. But when airports are as chaotic as they are these days, it can be a bit daunting to hop on a flight with little ones. Travel host and expert Samantha Brown has a tip to make life easier if there are two adults: don’t board the children early.
Early boarding ensures there’s space in the overhead bin for all of the things kids need in a journey, from foldable strollers to a stuffed diaper bag. It also ensures, as Brown points out, that the kid will have to sit another half hour to 45 minutes on the plane. Those are precious minutes — especially if you have an antsy little one who is already going to be in a two-plus hour flight.
Instead, the first adult should use pre boarding to load in all the stuff and then take their seat. The other can hang back with the kids and do all they can to get that energy out. Finally, the rest of the party boards at the last minute.
“My twins are now nine, I’ve been putting them on planes since they were two months,” Brown wrote in the caption. “I learned the hard way so you don’t have to.”